Dick Harmon: BYU Cougars needed more big chunk plays against Notre Dame, says Doman

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  • OC Fan Orange County, CA
    Oct. 21, 2012 9:38 p.m.

    The QB coach/OC and WR coach need to get on the same page. Cahoon has to teach Hoffman and Apo the "stop and go BACK" routes that Doman is coaching Nielson to execute on the passing end. If Hoffman and Apo are going to succeed in Doman's system, Cahoon has to teach that route so the WR's will get to the spot that Nielson is throwing to. It's just a communication problem between the coaches, right?

  • Wasatch Al South Jordan, UT
    Oct. 21, 2012 9:28 p.m.

    If one hop passes counted as completions, BYU whould be number 1 in the country.

  • RockOn Spanish Fork, UT
    Oct. 21, 2012 3:45 p.m.

    The Shuffle pass seems to be Riley's limit for accuracy. No mention of the pass thrown in between a wide open wide receiver and a tight end. Pick a guy but don't split the difference. Or the one yard short passes buried in the turf.

    Bring on Ammon Olson or Alex Kuresa if you're not going to give James Lark his reward for all the work he's put in. Any of the three could have connected on all of the bad passes Riley made. Time for Riley to get busy becoming a fine doctor.

  • Rational Salt Lake City, UT
    Oct. 21, 2012 11:31 a.m.

    What a collection of excuses. "If we'd have completed this pass, if Hoffman would have gone this way (nice of the great Leader, Nelson, to throw his receiver under the bus.), if our center wouldn't have gotten hurt."

    The shortcoming of the Cougars is they value "effort" and "heart" above performance, and have a coach who thinks his job is slogans and rah rah more than good decision making. Slogans and rah rah are for little league. Anyone can "compete hard." A QB's job isn't to "Put us in a POSITION to win," Bronco. A QB's job is to ACTUALLY win.

    Winners make plays. Losers make excuses.

    This team totally lacks leaders at OC, HC and QB.

  • SyracuseCoug Syracuse, ut
    Oct. 21, 2012 10:05 a.m.

    The defense is stacking the box because there is no deep threat, teams are forcing Riley to beat them with his arm. Which isn't happening. Well, there are the WAC cupcake teams still on the schedule, so all will be well in Provo at the end of the season. (sarcasm)

  • UtahBlueDevil Durham, NC
    Oct. 21, 2012 9:57 a.m.

    I get the Nelson complaining.. I really do. But the problems go much deeper than that. BYU has no speed. Period. You need to look at yards after catch. You look at the premier teams, and then you compare BYU. There are plenty of teams that don't have rocket armed QBs that are still highly successful.

    So while I would iove to make it as simple as Nelson's arm is the problem, the offensive problems go much deeper than that. You have to be able to turn a 5 to 10 yard catch into a 20 or 30 yard play - which the Y can't do. Speed kills - and BYU doesn't have speed. Speed is not how fast you get to the line, its what happens after the snap of the ball.

  • TheNun Granstville, UT
    Oct. 21, 2012 9:42 a.m.

    Coach Doman is correct, "one of these days we'll make a big play".
    One of these days is coming soon. As soon as Idaho, New Mexico State and San Jose State show up, the big plays will be made.

    So, in the coaches mind, they've had the proper choice in at QB all along.

  • J-TX Allen, TX
    Oct. 21, 2012 7:10 a.m.

    wazzup nailed it. If there is no deep threat, it makes all the short stuff that much harder to execute. And ND knew there was no deep threat with Nelson in there.

  • wazzup Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Oct. 20, 2012 6:35 p.m.

    Well, they are scrunching up on us because RN can't throw deep accurately! Duh.